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The Crossroads, Bere Regis in about 1896 West Street, Bere Regis in about 1920 Bere Regis Post Office in 1875 L L T T L T West Street, Bere Regis in about 1904 L T Coming up to the turn of the last century, this part of Butt Lane looked out onto open countryside. L Bere Regis Cross Roads in 1927 L T Looking towards Honeycombe Cottage, Shitterton near 1900 T L The Royal Oak - Look at the old layout of the road to Poole L Although we have no date for this photograph, taking an educated guess I would say it was from the 1920's. The type of car in the foreground and the general lack of cars point to the early part of our motorised age. L Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett L The bottom end of Butt Lane around 1917 L T Note the bicyclist on his way up the street. Also the Royal Oak poking its head out at the bottom. L West Street 1930's L West Street Esso Station in the 1980's L Royal Oak 'Hotel' around 1927 - Courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett L T Drax Arms Hotel - that's an old sign! Clcik on the full sized image and check the cars out further down the street. The time is around 11am - can you tell how? L What sort of creature is attacking the man drinking Simonds Pale Ale? Also, look at the roof on the building just beyond the Vicarage on the left hand side of the street - fire? L Left of Entrance to Shitterton in the 1908s L T Are they all waiting for sweets or has someone told them they will be immortalised on the Internet in 100 years time, if they just stay still for a moment... L A tranquil scene indeed. I wonder if the trilby wearing gentleman could have known that his hat would come back into fashion a 100 years later. L 'Higher' West Street L T Can you see Westbrook cottage peeking its roof over the trees on the right? L A fairly ornate doorway by anyones standards! L Can you see the church poking its tower above the jungle of foliage around it? L Look at the Halt sign marking on the road - this would become an extremley busy junction. L L A relatively peacful North Street L You can just make out the Royal Oak at the end of the street L Bit of a traffic jam unfolding here! L Hatton Stores & The Village Post Office in 1900 L T The mother & daughter out for a stroll have just passed the Drax Hall on the left L You can see the renovation work being carried out on the shop on the corner to turn it into a private residence. L Check out the wonderful cars. This photograph was taken from one of the windows of the Royal Oak. The Huntsmen & Hounds are heading off up the road to Poole. L Could anyone be against the bypass?!! L The cars on this street date it nicely! L Shitterton Lane looking North, c1900 L T 83 West Street in 1900 L T Very smart looking carriages, but what if it rained?!! L In the distance you can see Shitterton lane with further outbuildings across it. They have now been very sensitively turned into housing. L Shitterton Farmhouse from the South L Shitterton Farmhouse from the West L Shitterton Farmhouse family in 1915 L Shitterton Farmhouse family in the Garden - Photograph courtesy of Ian Ventham L A very quiet Bere Regis Cross - Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman L West Street looking west - Photograph courtesy of Tony Bates L Shitterton looking east in the 1930's L T King John allegedly once stayed here L Thomas Applin & Eliza Joyner standing outside the Applin Butcher Shop. They were very patriotic villagers supporting King George L This cottage no longer exisits - a bunglaow stands on its site which is just to your right as you aproach Shitterton Bridge from the village. L The small building to the right is the Bus waiting room, Busy days down Dorset way... L Simonds advertising is well placed for the passing traffic L Even in the 1950's we were spared the all pervading parked cars. The two girls walking away from the camera are Jean Gibbs & Judith Atwell L Plenty of work for the thatchers! L The football must be on......(on what??) L That water looks rather inviting... L Photograph part of the Donald Birkinshaw Archive & courtesy of John from Mementoes UK L Not quite such a safe place to play nowadays! L This house is called Philliols. Notice the old car in the immediate foreground - I didn't notice it for ages L This Photograph of West Street looking West from near the Shitterton Turn off, on 24th April 1950, is from the Ashley Series of Postcards & Calenders and was taken by Donald Birkinshaw L This Photograph of West Street looking West on 24th April 1950 is from the Ashley Series of Postcards & Calenders and was taken by Donald Birkinshaw L This Photograph of West Street looking East from the West End on 24th April 1950 is from the Ashley Series of Postcards & Calenders and was taken by Donald Birkinshaw L This Photograph of West Street looking East with a few people walking down it, on 24th April 1950, is from the Ashley Series of Postcards & Calenders and was taken by Donald Birkinshaw L This Photograph of West Street looking East & the Stores in particular, on 24th April 1950, is from the Ashley Series of Postcards & Calenders and was taken by Donald Birkinshaw L This Photograph of West Street looking West with a single car on it, on 24th April 1950, is from the Ashley Series of Postcards & Calenders and was taken by Donald Birkinshaw L This Photograph of West Street looking East with an old black & white signpost in the foreground, on 24th April 1950, is from the Ashley Series of Postcards & Calenders and was taken by Donald Birkinshaw L This Photograph of West Street looking West with a lovely old car in the foreground, on 24th April 1950, is from the Ashley Series of Postcards & Calenders and was taken by Donald Birkinshaw L This Photograph of West Street looking East with an advert for 'The Listener' in the foreground, on 24th April 1950, is from the Ashley Series of Postcards & Calenders and was taken by Donald Birkinshaw L Note the very obvious advertising on the side of the building - no one would be in much doubt as to what the shopkeeper had on offer! L Photograph part of the Donald Birkinshaw Archive & courtesy of John from Mementoes UK L Photograph part of the Donald Birkinshaw Archive & courtesy of John from Mementoes UK L Methinks a lick of paint wouldn't go amiss! L L T Note the bunch of schoolboys on the far left hand side of the street & the 'Hatton Stores' written on the shop front to the immediate right hand side L White Lovington House was demolished in August 1987 and a development of 16 detached houses was built on the site. Some of the beautiful trees collected by the former owners were retained in the development which is called White Lovington L This beautiful old barn was demolished shortly after this photograph was taken. It was replaced by an Esso Service Station which in turn was replaced by some houses... L This cottage has now been demolished L Southbrook Barn & Buff Barn were demolished in 1972. Buff Barn is where the entrance to Rye Hill Close now is. It was called Buff Barn, because it was where Buff Cleall kept his heavy horses. L These cottages used to stand just south of White Lovington L Is it me or do those cows look superimposed!!! L Those power lines really are unattractive don't you think? A nice quiet street though - note the green verge on the left! L Look at the lovely old lawn roller - you wouldn't want to catch your foot under that! L Snazzy looking postvan! L There is a serious amount of snow here! L Look at Sheppards Watch Repair shop... L This photograph was taken 2 hours before the village bypass was opened in 1982. Look at that blockage in the distance! Can you imagine trying to use the pavement here? What about waking up the next morning to.......silence! L No shortage of staff in this shop! L L Quite a job clearing this stuff! L L L T A truly sylvanian view... Fancy some 'brown beauty' or 'black beauty' or even some 'Wills "Star" Cigarettes'? How about some 'Tizer' - didn't that come out in the 1980's - I guess not! L The sign reads Grocer & Baker, Corn and Meal Store. L T Do you know a more accurate year for this photograph? Contact us if you do The 'Laurels' cottage at the bottom of Butt Lane in West Street L T Classic Cars L A quiet Day L Lots of snow! L L 107 Woodbury Hill L Note the Traffic lights which were thankfully removed once the bypass was completed L Now that's alot of snow! L Photograph courtesy of George Ward L Photograph courtesy of George Ward L Photograph courtesy of George Ward L This Photograph was taken by Villagers, as part of the 1986 BBC Domesday Project. Photograph courtesy of George Ward L Photograph courtesy of Heather Frazer L L Photograph courtesy of Joanne Studeman L L L L Mary Ann Brown (nee Bowles), outside her home at 83 West Street Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett L L Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett L Photograph courtesy of Margaret & Lewis Bartlett L Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett L This Photograph is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. The Museum is owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society (DNH&AS). Reproduction is strictly prohibited. L This Photograph is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. The Museum is owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society (DNH&AS). Reproduction is strictly prohibited. L This Photograph is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. The Museum is owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society (DNH&AS). Reproduction is strictly prohibited. L Photograph courtesy of Martin King L